Pop Vriends Seeds is located in Andijk, in the heart of the Netherland’s vegetable breeding industry. Since Pop Vriend started his family business in 1956, our company has been an expert in seed innovations at the start of the vegetable food chain. We do so with respect for the laws of nature, providing our international customers with healthy and successful crops of spinach, bush beans, sweet corn, Swiss chard and red beet.
Transparent and open
Our headquarters include our laboratory, offices and warehouse and reflect our business values. We believe in innovation, expertise, and transparency. Our building is open, welcoming and modern, as is our company culture, and it respects its natural environment. Furthermore, we applied the principles of circulair building, which makes it a very sustainable office.
Images: Katja Effting
As a seed and vegetable company we work in and with nature every single day. We believe in respecting the laws of nature and wanted our new office to reflect that belief. With the help of the architect and engineers, we have created a fully sustainable building. Energy supply needed for heating and cooling is extracted from a natural energy source deep in the ground. Energy use is regulated naturally by the use of triple glass, sun screens, roof gardens, and LED lighting with day light regulation.
Materials used in the construction and interior design are durable, eco-friendly products including flooring from 100% recycled materials, water-born paint, FSC certified wood, recycled pallets, etc.
In this video (subtitled in English) Lara Timmerman (CEO), Mark Fuller (MFA Architects) and interior decorator Erik Gutter (StudioErikGutter) share their story behind the new sustainable building.